05. 06. 2005
The toilet throne
Assuming they have the same crude needs as the rest of us humans, the Beckhams might approve of the Herbeau ''Dagobert'' toilet throne. The $12,000 toilet, made of ash tree wood, was designed in 1970, but is being offered in the U.S. for the first time. The design is based on royal "chambers" in France. When the lid is lifted the toilet starts to play the tune "Le bon roi Dagobert" (good king Dagobert). A bell rings with every flush. Accessories include a candleholder and an ashtray. I think I've already found the best price, $9745 at Fixturesdirect.
So a toilet throne is silly and prohibitively expensive, but the Dornbracht BigRain shower can be had for as low as $2750 if you don't mind a light shower instead of a big downpour which can cost as much as $9200. Dornbracht, a German brand of luxury bathroom fixtures, will be rolling out the Big Rain in the U.S. this year.
Big Rain and Dagobert's royal toilet will be on display at the 2005 K/BIS (kitchen/bath industry show) in Las Vegas next week.
From the WSJ (subscription required).